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2014 CQ DX Marathon 15 Meters Plaque

Greetings from Northeastern Pennsylvania! When I am on the air you will almost always find me on the low bands chasing DX.

Located in a river valley, precisely 2,817 feet (0.859 km) from the borders of PA, NY, and NJ, and at approximately 430 feet (131 m) ASL, K2CD is situated on a very small corner lot (50' x 125'), and thus challenged in regard to antennas. Current antennas include a Mosley TA33-M up at 40 feet on a free-standing aluminum tower, a 12 m/17 m rotatable dipole, and a full sized G5RV in an inverted vee configuration, with the apex at about 40 feet.  On 160 m I attach clip-on leads to the ends of the G5RV, which adds 62' of wire to each leg, and yields a low and fairly broad SWR curve in the CW portion of the band. I have worked quite a bit of DX with this arrangement. 

The equipment pictured above is what I have been using for the past decade or so, and consists of the following:  Yaesu FT-920 with Inrad 250 Hz CW filter, Yaesu SP-8 external speaker, Yaesu MD-100 desk microphone.  While operating, I prefer using a Heil Pro-Set Plus and a foot switch to key the radio; the external speaker does get some use when I'm casually listening, however.  The amplifier is an older Ten-Tec Centurion 422 (2x 3-500z).  The main keying device is a Bencher BY-1 Iambic paddle along with the internal keyer inside of the FT-920.  For antenna tuning I use an old MFJ-989C roller inductor when operating QRO, or sometimes a more modern MFJ-993B autotuner when just running exciter power.  I also have a couple of Astron power supplies: an SS-30M switcher, and an RS-35M.

First licensed in 1991 as a Technician Plus, I was issued the call sign N3KFN. Three months later I earned a General class ticket.  Advanced class, and then finally Amateur Extra class, were earned over the course of the following year. On November 4th, 1996, I was issued the call sign K2CD, which I opted for through the Vanity call sign program.

Though I do enjoy ragchewing, my primary interests are working DX, and Contesting.  I am very seldom on VHF or UHF, mainly on account of my location which is not very conducive to line of sight propagation. 

Other interests of mine include Geocaching, Photography, and building computers. 

Worked DXCC Totals:
346 Entities Mixed
Mixed: 346 - SSB: 345 - CW: 338 (Includes Deleted Entities)
Confirmed DXCC Totals:
340 of 340 Current Entities Mixed
Mixed: 346 - SSB: 344 - CW: 331 (Includes Deleted Entities)
Best PAQP Effort to Date:
Year: 2002
Class: Single Op. Med Pwr (150W or less)
QSOs: 1,041 - Mults: 133 - Points: 169,580 (Current Pike County Record)

Please look for me using the club callsign K3MX from semi-rare Pike County during the Pennsylvania QSO Party in October. All QSL requests found in the log are always answered promptly.

QSL Policy:
My QSL policy is simple: all direct QSL requests, provided the contact is found in my log, are answered promptly, usually the same day received.  An SASE, SAE, or IRC is always appreciated but not specifically requested. If you send via postcard, I return via postcard. DX contacts may QSL direct or via LoTW.  I NO LONGER USE THE INTERNATIONAL QSL BUREAU.  At this time I DO NOT upload stateside contacts to LoTW as I use an entirely different logging system for non-DX contacts. If you live in the lower 48 and require a QSL, please initiate a direct request. Thank You!

Thanks for viewing my QRZ.com profile. If we haven't already worked, I hope to meet you on the air soon.

73/DX, C. Michael D'Alto, K2CD

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